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WHAT ROLE DOES CPF PERFORM IN SOCIETY?

The CPF ensures the efficient and appropriate service delivery of safety and security to the community of Rustenburg.

Members address complaints against criminal elements in a particular community on behalf of the policing partners.

The CPF builds communication and problem-solving channels between all policing partners and the community. It produces safety plans from reported police statistics, as well as community needs and complaints regarding crime hot-spots and suspicious activities.

The CPF plans and participate in anti-crime exercises which are determined by community complaints.

They facilitate safety and security meetings between the community and law enforcement entities.

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CPF AND SAPS?

CPF assists the Police by improving police service delivery to their communities and strengthening partnerships between the community and SAPS.

They promote joint problem solving and ensure Police accountability.

The CPF ensures proper communication between SAPS and the community which enhances SAPS ability to combat and prevent crime.

Communities are thus able to monitor, evaluate and advise SAPS.

SAPS, in turn, become accountable to the communities they serve.

WHAT RIGHTS DO CPF MEMBERS HAVE WHEN RESPONDING TO CRIME?

SAPS remains the operational authority. The CPF is there to augment and assist SAPS in a reactive scene and, where they have not yet arrived, to stand in for SAPS until they do arrive on the scene.

CPF members can react to crime scenes, contain crime scenes, do point duty, manage accident scenes and support the SAPS to track and trace perpetrators of crime.

A CPF member may also carry out a citizen’s arrest, if the need arises.

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